Review: Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Posted May 27, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Not Another Bad Date by Rachel GibsonReviewer: Holly
Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson
Series: Writer Friends #4
Also in this series: Tangled Up in You (Writer Friends #3)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 17th 2009
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 384
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Series Rating: four-stars

What does a gal have to do to get a good date in this town?

Adele Harris can't even begin to answer that question. She's had so many lousy dates that she's sure she's cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind—and his manners? Adele thought life couldn't get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly Miss Perfect sister is on the rocks. So she goes back to their hometown to give her a shoulder to cry on, only to run smack into Zach Zemaitis . . . the one who got away.

Texans love God, family, and football, though not always in that order
Zach, a former pro star, knows all about football. As for the other two, well, he's doing his best. But when Adele comes charging back into his life—still all lush curves and beautiful, big blue eyes—he wonders if his best is good enough. After all, he did her wrong. Can a woman with her track record ever really believe that he's serious this time . . . or is he destined to be another bad date?

Not Another Bad Date is the fourth book in Rachel Gibson‘s Writer Friends Series.

Just a warning, there will be spoilers in the review, but I’ve marked them.

I’m sort of on the fence about this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it. It was a quick, light, fun read. But on the other hand, I really didn’t care much for the hero. Well, ok, I liked the hero, but I didn’t like his past. I had a really hard time separating who he was then from who he is now, which made his HEA suspect.

Adele is shocked when her sister calls her out of the blue and says her marriage is over and she needs Adele to come back to their hometown with her. Although hesitant, she agrees because her sister never asks her for anything. But shorty after Adele arrives, her sister has complications with her pregnancy and is ordered into the hospital on bed rest for the remainder of her term – four full months. That means Adele’s trip isn’t going to be a quick one, because she needs to take care of her niece. And doesn’t it just figure that her niece’s new best friend is none other than her old college flame’s daughter.

Zach did the right thing back in the day by dumping Adele and marrying his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Devon, Adele’s archenemy. Ten years of bad marriage later, Zach can’t take it any more and serves Devon with divorce papers. But shortly after, she’s killed in a car accident. Three years later, Zach has given up his dream at ESPN so he can be home with his daughter, and is coaching High School football.

Being the single parent of a teenager isn’t really conducive to having a sex life, so when Adele suddenly shows up back in town, he’s surprised and pleased, thinking she’s the answer to every need he has. Adele’s guarding her heart, because she’s suffered through three years of bad dates and because Zach broke it once already.

Here’s what I liked: Adele. She was a great character. Kind of fun and typical Rachel Gibson. Even though she suffered through three years of bad dates, she still has a good sense of humor and wasn’t too cynical. Her relationship with her niece was cute, and I like how she tried hard to be the “cool” Aunt, but still tried to be an adult about it.

I really liked the romance between Adele and Zach. The sexual tension between them was very well done. I loved their bantering back and forth and the way Adele fought her attraction to Zach, but then gave in and just went with it.

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I just don’t know how to explain my feelings on this aspect of the book. I guess I’ll just say I should have hated Zach but couldn’t, but it will detract from my overall grade.

I did like how he was with his daughter, though. When Devon died he came home and changed everything about his life for her. I really think he was a good father and it was nice to see him in that role.

Like with all Gibson’s novels, it ended rather abruptly, but I was prepared for that and it didn’t bother me.

Overall it was well written, light and fun, but I had some issues with it. I’d recommend reading it, partly because it rounds out the series, and partly because I think it’s one of those books you need to form your own opinion of. I’m conflicted, but for now I’m going to give it a:

4.0 out of 5

That might change once I re-read it.

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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5 responses to “Review: Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

  1. Interesting review 😀 You know, it’s the same for me. While you’re reading it, it’s fun, quick and enjoyable… but when you look back… hmmmm 😛

  2. Really Ween? They actually said it would be ok? WTF?? I asked MM and he said that was jacked up, but he probably only said that so I wouldn’t make him sleep on the couch. LOL

    I really liked the book, and he really was just such a GUY, but I don’t know, that bugged.

    Oh gosh, don’t even get me started on Devon. WTF was up with her? *headesk*

    Funny how that works out, isn’t it? *sigh*

  3. Rowena

    I really enjoyed this book and I had the same issues that you did but then I was talking about it with my brothers and Kurt and none of them thought it was that big of a deal.


    Frickin’ guys but I did hate that about Zach but that was the only thing I hated about this book. Well that and Devon herself.

  4. Rowena

    They said if the wife was okay with it, why shouldn’t they be okay with it?

    Frickin’ boys.

    Devon was such a little shit and sometimes Tiffany was a little shit too and that damn shrine to Devon at the house? CREEPY!

    But goodness, I couldn’t help falling in love with Zach and his manly self. I loved the way he wore his hats, sweatshirts and how he had that lucky hat that he wore to all of the games? And then the scene where he got all hella jealous because Adele was going out with his assistant coach, that was too funny and then the whole bathroom scene took place? Whoa buddy! haha.

    This book was cute but I think In No Mood for Love is still my favorite.

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